I did the Cannon Valley Trail
yesterday with some co-workers. We had a great ride with very comfortable weather. I really enjoyed being able to ride with people who could challenge my biking skills without leaving me completely in the dust. I kept up with the leader from Red Wing to Cannon Falls. On the way back to Red Wing I fell behind the leader, but not enough to bruise my ego significantly. At least I had the excuse that I was on a fat tired comfort bike, instead of a skinny tired touring bike. (A poor workman blames his tools, I know, I know.)
There were some stretches of trail that had enough of a grade to keep the ride a little more interesting than the Lanesboro trail.
The winery in Cannon Falls was an interesting place to visit. We got to see the grapes being dumped into hoppers, whisked up by some sort of vacuum device, arriving in a big hopper where they were presumably crushed.
One year ago, if you would have told me that I could ride 40 miles without any problems I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Now I think I could probably do a 100 mile day if I planned it right.
I’m hoping to do one more big bike ride before the weather turns. The Grand Rounds
looks like it might be a good candidate.
The leaves that kept falling on the trail underscored the inescapable fact; fall is here and winter is around the corner. I can’t live in denial any more.